This page shows news, updates, and developments of the technology and datasets of and geocoded genealogy records.

Mar 7, 2018

Enhanced DNA Marker Index with fresh update of the latest YSeq markers and reverted some Reference alleles to use the original laboratory value as HG38 human reference genome sequence is not always true to the emerging Y-chromosome phylogenetic tree.

Feb 23, 2018

Enhanced our DNA Marker Index with display of tentative parent and child phylogenetic tree markers where they are recorded in our database for the Y-Chromosome. Addition of new SNPs and the tree nodes is ongoing.

Jan 17, 2018

Made updates to the product Catalog and default map layers on the Finder pages.

Confirmed that recent updates in the DNA Marker Index are now reflected in Google search results.

Jan 10, 2018

Updated static maps of geocoded origins of DNA Project participants now added for the:

Jan 6, 2018

Implemented security counter-measures for the Speculative Side-Channel vulnerability.

Nov 23, 2017

Completed enhacing our DNA Marker Index with fresh update of the latest YSeq and FTDNA SNP markers and hg38 positions.

Nov 9, 2017

Jul 8, 2017

Application hosting has been moved to a faster cloud server farm.

Jun 15, 2017

Added links for Legacy Tree Genealogy Services. Celebrity Genealogy Connection Reports and Case Study programs discontinued and minor updates to product catalog.

May 4, 2017

Adding some new SNP markers for M222 subclades to our DNA SNP Marker Index. Primarily in the BY-, Y-, and A- series designators.

Mar 9, 2017

Updated links to DNA Mapping Projects at FTDNA

Dec 18, 2016

Fixed bugs in Save Map function and listing of previously saved maps on the user profile page. Also made web security hardening enhancements.

Aug 5, 2016

Added over 17,000 new Y-DNA SNP markers from various sources (e.g. YFull) to our DNA SNP Marker Index. This brings the total Y markers to over 78,000. We also incorporated NIH research id (rsid) values as alternate names that can be searched for. (e.g. searching for "rs20321" is the same as searching for "M222")

Also added file processing for FTDNA's new SNPs as CSV file format on the DNA File Upload tool.

Aug 2, 2016

Minor updates on linked books and references.

Jan 18, 2016

Added our Legacy Y-STR Marker Conversion Notes for researchers working on assembling old STR data.

Aug 31, 2015

Homeland Finder functionality concentrated on web site. Compiled application removed from Google Play store.

Mar 8, 2015

SSL Security Enhancements

There was technology news this past week of the so called 'FREAK' vulnerability to Microsoft and other encryption technologies. The threat involves client devices downgrading the ciphers to older, vulnerable algorithms and then cracking the server encryption key. To protect your data and prevent such an exploit, we did not wait for vendor patches but instead made a number of cryptographic enhancements to our technology platforms over the weekend:

  1. Rekeyed and upgraded all SSL certificates to a longer signature key length.
  2. Implemented Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) to make each user session's data encryption key unique and inhibit 'capture and replay' exploits in case the server key is compromised in the future.
  3. Made the upgraded TLS v1.1 and 1.2 protocols available for client connections.
  4. Removed support on the servers for older ciphers with weaknesses such as DES56, RC2 and RC4 so that these downgrade attacks are not possible.
  5. Tested with an independent evaluation tool and received a grade of "A" for SSL encryption security.

Most users will not notice a difference but older versions of browsers and communication devices may no longer be able to connect to e.g.

If someone experiences an SSL-related issue this week, please upgrade to the latest software version and you should be able to connect again.

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